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VOLUME 4 ISSUE # 1

THE OFFICIAL KEY CLUB NEWSLETTER OF BROOKLYN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL WE FEEL GOOD. WE FEEL MAD GOOD. AND WHAT?!


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IN THIS ISSUE 04

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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THE 2012-2013 EXECUTIVE BOARD

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WHAT HAPPENED IN MARCH?

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WHAT HAPPENED IN APRIL?

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MARCH KEY CLUBBER(S) OF THE MONTH

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FUN & GAMES

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DISTRICT & INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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KEY CLUB CHANTS

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OUR CLUB VIPS

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CONTACT INFORMATION THE BEAVER TREE 03


LETTER FROM YOUR EDITOR

HEY BROOKLYN TECH KEY CLUB, HOW DO YOU FEEL? You might have seen me around school, at events working alongside you, or more likely, posting on our Facebook group page, but if you still don’t know who I am yet, my name is Sharon Cai and I will serve as your bulletin editor for the 2012-2013 service year. Congratulations to our immediate past bulletin editor Holy for winning the distinguished bulletin editor award at the 64th Annual Leadership Training Conference! I had so much fun bonding with my executive board, getting to know this year’s board and cabinet, and meeting other Key Clubbers from the state. I can’t wait to go again next year! But now that I’m back, I’m inspired to make my service year even better than the last. I look forwards to meeting and working with you all to build an even stronger club. Applications for executive cabinet 2012-2013 were sent out over spring break, and I would like to thank all the members that applied on behalf of the executive board. We’re looking forwards to reviewing your applications and scheduling interviews. As May approaches, keep an eye out for walks , the Special Olympics, and more. I can’t wait to read and publish what you guys have to say about them. Induction is just a month away as well, so start saving up for the big night! Thank you to everyone who submitted articles and pictures to my first ever newsletter. You guys are amazing! Please continue to help me make The Beaver Tree the best newsletter it can be. As a reminder, you receive +5 points per article, 15 acceptable pictures, and completed puzzles. That’s at least +15 points in total for regularly contributing to The Beaver Tree. You can E-mail me at Sharon@thetechkey.com. Thank you for reading!

Yours in the spirit of service, Sharon Cai Bulletin Editor 2012-2013

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EXECUTIVE BOARD 2012-2013

PRESIDENT HAN-CHANG KIM

SECRETARY TIFFANY LEUNG

BULLETIN EDITOR SHARON CAI

VICE PRESIDENT CHRISTINE HE

TREASURER ALEX MOK

WEBMASTER TINA GAO

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RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF EVENT CELEBRATE. REMEMBER. FIGHT BACK. The objective of Relay for Life is to not only raise money for cancer research and patients but to also spread cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, and remember those who lost their lives in a battle against cancer. Brooklyn Tech had the honor of hosting a kick-off event on March 2, 2012 in the school auditorium, featuring a student-made video, a mini Luminaria lighting, speeches from two Tech alumni cancer survivors, and performances by Originize and step-team Organized C.H.A.O.S. Here’s what our members thought of the event:

The Relay for Life kickoff event was very emotional for me. The guest speakers told us about the effects of cancer around the world, and the cancer survivors explained to us the hardships they had to go through. It was very touching, and it gave me a new insight on the pains of cancer and what it can do to a perfectly happy and normal human being. I’m hoping that after this event, people will decide to take action and help the millions out there battling cancer at this very moment. I really hope that we can all work together to find a cure for this deadly disease. Step by step, we can all make a difference for future generations. — Yi Xu

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MARCH 2, 2012

When I first saw fliers around the school building about the Relay for Life Kickoff Event, I couldn't help but wonder what the event was about. I never thought of planning to go until one of my friends suggested to and in the end, I made the choice. I was really touched by the stories of people who have or had cancer and the amount of effort people put into helping those who have been diagnosed with cancer. My favorite part was when Tech alumni came up and shared their stories about their own experiences. I was inspired by their determination and optimism because they were two people who fought a lifethreatening disease. After this event, I have been inspired to do something and help those with cancer. — Anonymous

I was moved by all the guest speakers that spoke at the Relay for Life Kickoff Event. When they started tearing up on stage while talking, it made me want to cry, too. It made me want to do something to help this cause, to help provide funding for the program. Their stories touched everyone's hearts. It's a heartbreaking that so many people die from cancer every year and that the death rate is only expected to increase in the coming years. I hope that many key clubbers will raise donations for the American Cancer Society and that everyone will keep fighting cancer! — Sandy Mui

I thought the most interesting part was the speeches made by the Tech alumni because they struggled for a decade but still managed to pull through and beat cancer. Also the live performances were great too! I think Relay for Life is fantastic. It is obviously for a good cause and will bring about results in the near future with the cooperation of students and adults alike. — Hyun Pak

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RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF EVENT

The Relay For Life event was very inspiring. I really liked the video at the beginning of the event; it brought tingles down my spine. It was my first time hearing cancer victims speak about their battles and that was one of my favorite parts of the event. After listening to the seriousness of cancer, I am inspired to go to the ACS Relay for Life to celebrate and honor those who have had cancer and are still battling it. — Tina Gao

The Relay for Life kickoff event was poignant and was a very powerful, moving assembly. The speeches made by the alumni cancer-survivors were so detailed and compelling that it had moved me to tears. The people who were in charge of organizing the event and who were part of it were very successful in rallying their audience to believing that there is hope. Although I may not understand what it may be like to be told you have cancer, to live with it, to go through all sorts of harsh treatments and its aftermaths and drugs, I do know what it is like when someone close to you goes through that ordeal. My uncle was always the one who could make someone smile every day no matter how sad he/she was. No one expected him to be diagnosed with cancer but he was and it changed everything. But he’s a fighter and his family and friends will always be there for him. Even though it’s taken me awhile to accept it, to finally realize what cancer can do to someone and everyone around them, Relay for Life really does tell you how much it hurts. But the kickoff event also gave me the feeling that there is always hope, that you should always celebrate and remember those who are suffering, those who survived, or those who have passed away. That no matter what you should always fight back and help those people fight back so that they can win the battle against cancer. That with our help, we can win. — Joanna Zhang

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KINGSBOROUGH KIWANIS CLUB MARCH 18, 2012

PICTURES: LI

YIN CHEUK

We worked with other Key Clubbers from division 9 to help make the fundraiser at St. Simon & Jude Church a success. Even though all the members were just setting up tables, asking people to participate in the raffle, unloading materials from the vans, and serving the food, I was surprised by how eager everyone was to volunteer. My favorite part of the event, however, was getting a chance to eat the food. — Kaiwui Ye

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64TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE Held in Albany from March 30-April 1, 2012, the annual leadership training conference was a chance for Key Clubbers from all over the mighty New York District to come together for a weekend full of workshops, seminars, elections, dances, and awards. It’s the time of year to bid farewell to our old district board and to elect and usher in the new board. Above all, the leadership training conference gave Key Clubbers the opportunity to socialize with one another, to reach out to officers and other clubs, and to celebrate each other’s accomplishments. This year Brooklyn Tech Key Club had the honor of bringing home a grand total of 15 awards, coming in first place for many. Key Clubbers, give yourself a pat on the back. Without the hard work and dedication of the executive board, executive cabinet, and most importantly the members, this could not have been possible. Congratulations to the executive board 2011-2012 for their outstanding service year! International Project Award for the March of Dimes Perfect Paperwork Award Advocacy Award 1st Place Single Service Award: 1st Place Platinum Division Outstanding Governor's Project Award: 1st Place Non-Traditional Scrapbook Contest: 1st Place Club Video Contest: 1st Place Distinguished Bulletin Editor Award: Holy Cheong Distinguished Key Club Treasurer Award: Vivian Lu Distinguished Key Club Senior Member Award: Cora Man Distinguished Key Clubber Award: Jim Chan Distinguished Key Clubber Award: Sisi Peng Distinguished Key Clubber Award: Vivian Lu Distinguished Key Clubber Award: Holy Cheong Distinguished Key Clubber Award: Cora Man Congratulations to Vivian for winning the distinguished treasurer award! 10 CARING—OUR WAY OF LIFE


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MARCH 31-APRIL 1, 2012

PICTURE CREDIT: SHARON CAI

The moment we heard the first syllable of "Brooklyn Tech," we were all on our feet, clapping and cheering. The best feeling in the world is being recognized for our hard work in everything we do and even if we don’t win, we will always be cheering ourselves on. — Holy Cheong THE BEAVER TREE 11


64TH ANNUAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE

I think the most memorable part of the weekend was Saturday night, when the awards were being announced. I remember I was so nervous, along with Jim and everyone else. I didn’t know if our names was going to be called or not. It was the most nerveracking experience ever and I would not even wish that feeling on my worst enemy. When we won our first award and Jim walked up to the stage to claim it, it set up the mood for the rest of the night. Every time a certain category was announced, we were all filled with anticipation and even though we were still a little nervous, part of us we knew we were going to win. — Cora Man

There are so many words to describe my LTC experience even if I have the vocabulary range of an elementary school kid. If only there was a word to combine fun, tiring, awesome, weird, and helpful, because that would be great to describe the whole trip in general. It's a mistake to think of LTC as a lot of work and hassle, because there's so much more to it other than a long bus ride or a minimal time of rest and relaxation. Meeting new friends and Key Clubbers, getting to know the executive board of 2012-2013, and learning how to improve your overall Key Club experience all come into play when thinking of the good memories I had at LTC. — Alex Mok

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Who has the best expression: HC, Gurjot, or Jim?

President Jim getting his picture taken with newly elected district governor Daniel Ivan Lin, who’s all dressed up for the superhero-themed conference!

PICTURE CREDIT: JIM CHAN, EVELYN YEUNG, SHARON CAI

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Executive board 2011-2012 posing with Po! THE BEAVER TREE 13


BABY BUGGY APRIL 12, 2012

Baby Buggy, with the motto “Love Recycled,” is an organization that collects and donates essential baby clothing, gears, and services to low income families in need. Learn more at babybuggy.org!

PICTURE CREDIT: EVELYN YEUNG

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MATERIALS FOR THE ARTS WAREHOUSE ARPIL 13,2012 Being a volunteer in Materials For The Arts Warehouse was an exciting experience. The first task that the staff assigned to us was to fold all the colorful fabrics neatly on the shelves. Working patiently and painstakingly in the corner, I did not realize that all the other volunteers already finished their task and moved on to the next one. After I finished folding all my fabrics, I helped others to sort tons of fabric rolls by color. Everyone worked so hard to put all those heavy fabrics in the corresponding places. The seven of us ate a total of 19 slices of pizza in one hour. After lunch, I worked with the girls to sort the beads. They were so dusty! Later I helped another volunteer place hundreds of old music records in boxes. Some of them were dated back to the 1950's and 1960's. One employee told us many interesting facts about these music records and how they are better than all the modern music players. I learned many new things about the materials inside the warehouse and the importance of recycling, reusing, and reducing. Overall I really enjoyed this experience and look forwards to volunteering in this warehouse again! — Shijin Zheng Members spent th eir day sorting be ads and folding fa Thank you to all th bric. e attendees for th eir hard work!

Materials for the Arts wrote a feature on Brooklyn Tech Key Club following this event. Click here to check it out!

PICTURE CREDIT: HO

LY CHEONG

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DIVISION 9 BOWLING FUNDRAISER Over 120 Key Clubbers from division 9 came out to support the American Cancer Society! Members enjoyed two hours of unlimited cosmic bowling. Kudos to immediate-past webmaster Cora Man for organizing the successful event!

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APRIL 20, 2012

This is one of the best events I ever attended, if not, the best! I had so much fun bowling (even though I’m a total amateur) and was able to meet lots of new people! — Vivian Ye

Immediate-p ast president Jim and Cora the concessio working at ns stand. Loo k at all the m oney raised!

I think that Key Club should definitely plan another bowling fundraiser next year! — Jessica Chin PICTURE CREDIT:

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GOUVERNEUR HOSPITAL EVENT ARPIL 14, 2012

PICTURE CREDIT: NABIB AHMED, MARIA LEE

Gouverneur works to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to high quality healthcare services regardless of ability to pay, language spoken, or immigration status. Members helped out at the event by handing out flyers and manning the concessions stand.

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NYC ASIAN-AMERICAN STUDENT CONFERENCE ARPIL 21, 2012 The New York City Asian-American Student Conference is dedicated to promoting awareness of Asian Pacific American issues on a local, national, and global scale through a wide range of workshops and panels. The theme of the 6th annual NYCAASC was INK: Imagine and Rethink. The conference focused on how media portray Asian Americans in stereotypical light and challenges us to respond to, deconstruct, redefine, and criticize such images. This year’s conference featured its first ever talent show, emceed by ukulele comedian Jen Kwok. Speakers and moderators included councilmember Margaret Chin, spoken-word artist Kelly Tsai, and founder and editor of angryasianman.com Phil Yu amongst dozens of others. Beatrice Guo came in first place for the talent show!

PICTURE CREDIT: SUNDY HE Kelly Tsai at her workshop about the notions of beauty.

Jen Kwok singing with her ukulele! THE BEAVER TREE 19


NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP APRIL 21, 2012

Sponsored by state assemblyman William Colton as part of his “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” campaign, Key Clubbers gathered on 86th street to sweep streets and avenues, clearing trash and debris. This marks Colton’s fourth successful campaign and volunteers were treated to pizza for their hard work! The project even got a small shout-out on CBS 2 news. Check it out here!

PICTURE CREDIT: CHRISTINE HE

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MARCH OF DIMES WALK APRIL 29, 2012

March of Dimes is a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. The money raised goes towards programs in local communities that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and fund research to cure diseases that threaten infants’ lives. Visit marchforbabies.org for more information.

PICTURE CREDIT: TINA GAO, JIM CHAN

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MARCH KEY CLUBBER OF THE MONTH

What does it mean to be “Key Clubber of the Month?” Each month, we award a specific Key Clubber(s) who has made the most impact on our club for that month. To receive this award, a Key Clubber must not only attend every event that month but must also actively participate and contribute to Key Club and their community. We want to a Key Clubber who is fit to represent Brooklyn Tech and serve as a role model to others. For the month of March, this honor goes to …..

JONATHAN LIN

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

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FUN & GAMES Can you find all the words in the APRIL WORD SEARCH challenge? Get +5 points for finding ALL 21 words in this month’s fun and games! Screenshot your answers and email me at Sharon@thetechkey.com or print this out and submit it to my mailbox in 7C1 before the next newsletter comes out!

A P C X E Y F S K X K R R T K G R H L T G E M A K I E E I Y

ALEX

LEADERSHIP

BABYBUGGY

PURITY

I G R C V A N Z E U A A A A K

BEAVER

RELAYFORLIFE

N U G I D B N A X Y N E Y G W

BOWLING

SANDY

P A C U C O D U I E I B F N X

CHRISTINE

SERVICE

C E I B B E F M P R S M O A K

CLEANUP

SHARON

T O X V R Y E N I T S I R H C

CORA

SISI

L W L S I S B Y L O H R L C L

HANCHANG

TIFFANY

P C H E E V N A U Q A V I N M

HOLY

TINA

JIM

VIVIAN

Y L O I E R A S J L W V L N H

Y I N O R A H S B O H L F A I P B T S F B O W L I N G E H J

KIWANIS

Y X I F S A N D Y B F F N X K D S I Y C N L J T T J A V P S I T L N E P H N T J T E X P A

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DISTRICT & INTERNATIONAL NEWS

DISTRICT NEWS Congratulations to Amber Lee, who was elected as district secretary at LTC, and Holy Cheong for getting appointed as district editor! New York district Key Club’s board for the 2012-2013 service year is as follows: District Governor Daniel Ivan Lin Secretary Amber Lee Treasurer Annie Porfido Editor Holy Cheong Webmaster Barry Lee Executive Assistants Tina Lee and Emily Gicewicz

INTERNATIONAL NEWS Key Club International Convention (ICON) is almost here! This year it’s taking place in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Hilton Resort from July 1 to July 8. Key Clubbers from around the world will gather to attend workshops, vote for the new international board, visit the Disney parks and enjoy a special behind the scenes tour, and so much more. It’s something you definitely don’t want to miss!

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KEY CLUB CHANTS Our Chant Hey Key Club, how do you feel?! We feel good. We feel MAD good. AND WHAT?

New York District Key Club Chant Hey Key Club, how do you feel?! We feel good! OH, we feel so good. OH! *pelvic thrust*

Key Club Pledge I pledge on my honor to uphold the objects of Key Club International, To build my home, school, and community To serve my nation and God and to combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions

Beaver Call Beaver one, beaver all, let’s all do the beaver call! Beaver two, beaver three, let’s all climb the beaver tree! Beaver four, beaver five, let’s all the beaver jive! Beaver six, beaver seven, let’s all go to beaver heaven! Beaver eight, beaver nine, STOP! IT’S BEAVER TIME! Go beaver! Go beaver! Go beaver!

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OUR CLUB VIPS

KIWANIS COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE MR. GIOIA

FROM THE MAPLETON KIWIANIS MRS. NEURINGER

MR. NEURINGER

BROOKLYN TECH KEY CLUB ADVISERS

PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER MR. WEISS

AP BIOLOGY

BIOLOGY

MR. MORGAN

MRS. BARANOWSKI

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR MS. MCKINNON & CHEMISTRY TEACHER MS. MULTARI

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CONTACT INFORMATION

GENERAL EMAIL

bths.kc@thetechkey.com

PRESIDENT HAN-CHANG KIM

hc@thetechkey.com

VICE PRESIDENT CHRISTINE HE

christine@thetechkey.com

SECRETARY TIFFANY LEUNG

tiffany@thetechkey.com

TREASURER ALEXANDER MOK

alex@thetechkey.com

EDITOR SHARON CAI

sharon@thetechkey.com

WEBMASTER TINA GAO

tina@thetechkey.com

IMAGES

image@thetechkey.com

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THANKS FOR READING!

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